My mom came to visit for a few days over the beginning of the kids' Spring Break = great timing, b/c it's one of the very few weeks (other two: Thanksgiving & Christmas) where not only is school out, but Annelise also doesn't have cheer, so we didn't have to rush back from fun for practice. (Cheer is YEAR ROUND! The last competition for this season is next Sunday, March 26th, banquet is Friday, March 31st...and placement for next season is the next day: April 1st. :-))
We filled her visit with true Texan adventures! She came the day before Break to help me chaperone Annelise's 5th Grade class trip to George Ranch Historical Park. (The weather was nicer this time, but to be honest, Will's class trip here two years ago was way better - the groups were smaller then, the info at each exhibit was more in depth; we just had an easier time & learned more on his trip. Slightly disappointed, but it was STILL a lovely day & totally fascinating!!!)
ICYMI last time: The George Ranch Historical Park is an internationally recognized living history site that authentically preserves and interprets the four generational storyline of a remarkable Texas family beginning in 1824 and spanning more than 100 years. Just 30 miles southwest of downtown Houston, we are located on a 20,000-acre+ working ranch featuring historic homes, costumed interpreters and livestock. The Park aims to educate people of all ages about Texas history and our region’s unique heritage through programming that connects and inspires learners of all ages.
And cute from AMAZING dinner at Anthonie's that night:
On Sunday, we took her to experience RODEOHOUSTON - the largest livestock show and rodeo in the world!
On Monday, we kept fostering the Texan vibe by going horseback riding! Cypress Trails Ranch was fantastic!!! We went on a 1.5 hour trail ride, and their trails were some of the best we've casually ridden! They were interesting - not just going through fields; there were hills, lots of shade, we rode by a swamp with lilies, along a huge creek, etc. The best part for Annelise was that our guide would stop and then let us trot to catch up with the group. ;-) We can't wait to go back sometime!!!